CRUISES & TOURS
Mobile Bay Dolphin Sighting
Mobile Bay Adventures offers families and small groups, up to 6 people full or half-day fishing charters with emphasis on dolphing sightings in Mobile Bay along the Eastern Shore. Dolphin pods are routinely spotted fishing on the reefs along the Eastern Shore and the Intercoastal Waterway. Sighting dolphin the way we locals have been doing it for years is just one of many enjoyable things you experience when cruising 45 minutes to the Gulf.
Full-day charters include wetting a line at reefs along the Eastern Shore and sightings in the intercoastal waterway. You can include stopping for dinner or luch at any of the Marina Restuarants along the way.
Arnica Bay dolphin sightings will travel southeast through the Intercoastal Waterway, passing Wolf Bay, Bayou La Launch to our destination in Arnica Bay in waters off Orange Beach, Alabama. right to the heart of numerous restaurants, marinas, secluded beaches and boating activity. On this charter not only can you wet a line, you will see beautiful landscapes, wildlife, yachts and a feel for what living on the water is really like!
Full-day charters also include a tour of Ingram Bayou, a protected anchoring with calm water, wildlife and dolphin. Many locals stop here and throw out rafts to swim, picnic and enjoy the scenery.
Our Navy Cove Charter travels to the southern end of Mobile Bay where dolphin can routinely be sighted along Fort Morgan and Navy Cove.
Our full-day charters can combine the best of all worlds on the water from wetting a line to dolphin sightings and swimming either in fresh water or saltwater beaches. Fish and Magnolia Rivers are popular freshwater areas where you can bring lunch on board or dock at Big Daddy's Pub. “Devils Hole” or the “ICE BOX,” selected by Alabama Living in 2018 are two of the top Natural Swimming Holes in Alabama and one of the last waterways to receive U.S. Postal Mail Delivery by water.
Middle Bay Lighthouse built in 1885 is one of the last “screw-pile” lighthouses left standing in the United States. This light house sits near the Mobile Ship Channel where visitors often see Oil Tankers, Cruise Ships, Shrimp Trawlers, even Warships traveling in or out of Mobile Port. It’s very common to also see pods of dolphin feeding around the Middle Bay Lighthouse or the ship channel.
Sand Island lighthouse is the beacon for mariners coming from the Gulf of Mexico and entering Mobile Bay. From this view of the lighthouse, you can also see Historic Fort Morgan to your east and Historic Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island to your west. Depending on the tides, you might also experience the “tide-line” where Mobile Bay brackish water meets the Saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico forming a distinct change in the color of the water.
Weather permitting you can also see some breathtaking Sunsets upon returning to the launch.
SUNSETS ON MOBILE BAY
Without a doubt, clear or partly cloudy days on Mobile Bay offer spectacular Sunsets from the Eastern Shore. We offer charters in North Bay with the Mobile Skyline and USS Alabama in the background, in Middle Bay with Middle Bay Lighthouse in the background and South Mobile Bay with the Dauphin Island Bridge in the background.
Mobile Bay fishing charters on North Mobile Bay is a perfect way to end a fabulous day on the water or an amazing complement to a dining experience at The Blue Gill, The Oyster Bar or Ralph & Kacoos on the causeway.
MOBILE BAY ECO SYSTEM
Mobile Bay Adventures offers half-day charters in the Mobile Tensaw River Delta and the Weeks Bay Watershed. Afternoon tours launch from the Causeway for the Mobile Delta and Hwy 98 Fish River Bridge in Fairhope for Weeks Bay.
The Mobile Tensaw River Delta is Alabama’s largest wetland ecosystem and the second largest river delta in the United States. We can target either fresh or saltwater species. The Delta is approximately 45 miles long and covers over 400 square miles of wetland. It is characterized by numerous tributary rivers, streams, bayous and creeks, including the waters of the Tensaw, Tombigbee and Alabama rivers and maintains the areas ecological balance, filtering impurities from approximately 15% of our countries fresh water.
Known as America’s Amazon, the Mobile Delta is home to more species of freshwater fish, mussels, snails, turtles and crawfish than any other state. Over 350 species of freshwater fish and more turtle species than and other river system on the planet. Even creatures capable of killing humans, including Bears, Bobcats, Bull Shark, Boars, Alligators and 5 different venomous snakes make their home in the Alabama Delta.
In addition to over 300 different bird species, there is an untold number of insects, amphibians and reptiles. The Delta is also home to one of the most diverse collections of carnivorous plants that feast on animals and insects alike. It is a land of “meat-eaters” with Bogs of pitcher plants that drown and eat a variety of insects, sundews and thread dews growing close to the ground can consume even the largest of dragonflies and floating bladderworts that trap and consume baby fish and tadpoles.
Mobile Bay Adventures run the southern end of the Delta which includes the Tensaw- Apalachee watershed. We launch at Ralf Kacoo’s on the causeway and cruise over to the USS Alabama. From here we will cruise north up Spanish River into Grand Bay to view wildlife and the numerous fish-camps along the river. We’ll then move east along Raft River before dropping back south down Crab Creek a few miles to the Apalachee River. Crab creek is a two-mile long, narrow creek giving you an excellent view of plant and wildlife from both sides. From hee we cruise down Blakley River and enter Sardine Pass, home of 5 Rivers Nature Center. Behind Sardine Pass is Justins Bay a shallow marsh with unique wildlife and plant species. The last leg, we cruise back down Apalachee river, along the causeway and through Chacaloochee Bay returning to the boat launch.
Weeks Bay Watershed
The Weeks Bay Watershed is part of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program encompassing approximately 130,000 acres of southwest Baldwin County. The watershed includes the Fish River and Magnolia River drainage basins as well as several small creeks that enter Weeks Bay directly.
When visiting the Weeks Bay Watershed, we highly recommend that you take the time to visit Weeks Bay Visitor Center to learn about coastal habitats through its exhibits and collections of animals and regional plants and self-guiding nature trails that wind through wetlands, marshes, forests and a pitcher plant bog.
Mobile Bay Adventures offers three-hour charters through the southwest area of the estuary. We cover all of Weeks Bay and the drainage basin of Fish and Magnolia Rivers, including, Turkey Branch and Waterhole Branch in Fish River and Noltie Creek in Magnolia River.